December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
A man who was so affected after being “stroked” by former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Mike Souter went to see a hypnotherapist years later, a court has heard.
Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial after denying 19 counts of historic sex abuse which relate to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16 and are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999.
Giving evidence at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, a former neighbour of Souter has described how between 1982 and 1985, when he was 12 to 14, he would spend the “odd night” at the defendant’s bungalow.
The court heard he and Souter, who was something of a “father figure” to the witness, used to participate in “play fights”.
Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, said: “Can you help us with what they were like?” and asked if he remembered telling the police anything.
He said: “I don’t know how it happened but essentially he ended up tickling my stomach and got me to tickle his stomach.”
He told the jury the tickling was “more like stroking”.
He said Souter told him afterwards “not to tell anyone else about it” but in 2001 he went to see a hypnotherapist.
Mr Shaw asked why he had sought the “help of a hypnotherapist” to which the witness replied “because it had affected me and I just wanted to stop it affecting me I guess.”
Mr Shaw said: “How did it affect you?”
The witness replied: “Just self confidence and why did it happen.”
The court heard that the man was also pictured by Souter wearing a scout or cub uniform for a Scout magazine and a kilt at a traditional Scottish meal hosted by the defendant after he had moved to Scotland.
Andrew Hill, defending, asked if there was any occasion on which Souter touched his genitals or bottom to which he replied “no”.
Mr Hill asked if there were ever any advances of a sexual nature towards the witness.
He said: “Well tickling was an advance I would imagine but other than that, no”.
The jury have also been told Souter also faces a further nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of young children after his computer was seized following his arrest. He denies all nine counts.
The trial continues.